Tropical depression forms in Pacific near southern Mexico

AP News
Posted: May 31, 2017 9:39 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tropical depression formed off Mexico's southern Pacific coast Wednesday, prompting authorities to issue a tropical storm watch for a coastal region popular with tourists.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an evening advisory that the storm was centered about 120 miles (195 kilometers) south-southwest of Puerto Angel. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and was moving northeast at 2 mph (4 kph).

The hurricane center's forecast said it could strengthen into a tropical storm and approach the coast of Oaxaca state in the coming days.

Heavy rain from the storm was spreading onshore in southern Mexico and there was a danger of flash flooding and mudslides, the center warned.

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The tropical storm watch was in effect from Puerto Escondido to Salina Cruz. That stretch includes beach communities such as the Huatulco region.